Every team who makes the playoffs has pretty much te same chance of wianning. It's the randomness of baseball when you are playing a team that may have been 10 games behind you over 162 games, but in a 5-7 game series that difference is pretty meaningless.
I am no, no, no Tracy Jones fan. But I think we might be misconstruing his words. I don't think he's necessarily pointing out that the players care "less" as a bad thing.
They *have* to move on and plan their vacations. For us, baseball is a hobby. It's something we choose to be emotionally involved in. For them, it is their job. I'm not saying they don't care; I'm sure they care very deeply. But it would be extremely dangerous for them, as people and as players, to take it home and suffer. It's been a very long season for them. Believe it or not, they get up every day and invest more in it than we do. They have to move on and look toward next year. It's the healthy way to approach any job.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
Well...in some ways they have to put this behind them and forget. If they do not forget ,.....they will let it linger with them until next year and if they go into the playoffs, even more then.
Regardless of what the players think, I'm sure that there will be many references to the 2012 playoffs until another playoff series...after all, I've been reading bitter comments about Halliday's no hitter for two freaking years now. Some folks never move on. I'm sure some players are not different.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
In eight playoff games since 2010, the Reds are 2-6, having been no-hit, swept in a series, swept at home, and became the first NL team to blow a 2-0 series lead at home.
If this doesn't eat at the primary players until next season, something's wrong. Pete Rose would have probably been back in the batting cage yesterday getting ready.